Surfactant self-assembling in the gas phase: bis(2-ethylhexyl)-sulfosuccinate divalent metal ion anionic aggregates

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Abstract

RATIONALE: Investigation of fundamental aspects driving surfactant self-assembling and of the capability of includingguest molecules or ions in their micellar aggregates is an exciting research field for theoretical and technological reasons.In this light, assembling and chelating properties of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOTNa) towards divalentmetal ion chlorides have been investigated in the gas phase by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry in negativeion mode, tandem mass spectrometry and energy-resolved mass spectrometry.METHODS:Water/methanol solutions of AOTNa and chloride salts of nickel, magnesium, calcium and manganese, withdifferent AOTNa/metal salt ratios, were infused into the electrospray source of a LCQ DECA ion trap mass spectrometer,operating in negative ion mode, at a flow rate of 5 mL/min. Low energy collision-induced dissociations were carried outby using helium with collision energy in the range 1–5 eV.RESULTS: A variety of negatively singly charged monometallated and mixed metal aggregates have been observed,some of which were able to incorporate the metal counter ion of the inorganic salt used. The stability of these aggregateswas evaluated by energy-resolved mass spectrometry which showed, for the anions [AOTMIICl2]–, a stability order Ca>Mn>Mg>Ni. Their decomposition pathways show the unusual formation of the radical anions [C4HO6SMIICl]–•.CONCLUSIONS: This study shed some light on the assembling and chelating properties of AOT– towards divalent metalions to form negatively charged assemblies, some of them incorporating the metal counter ion of the inorganic salt used.Differently from what was observed with positively charged AOT-MII aggregates, solvated species were not detectable.An exception to the even-electron rule was observed in the decomposition pathway of [AOTMIICl2]–.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)2260-2266
Numero di pagine7
RivistaRapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry
Volume26
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2012

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